Rig and pedalboard tours are always a treat to watch. They're especially fun though, when they involve Robben Ford (holding a ’52 Gold Top, to boot!).
Having recently fielded a multitude of questions from fans about his gear, Ford took to Instagram to give viewers a private tour of his pedalboard, which you can check out below.
“It hasn’t changed very much in quite some time,” Ford says of his nonetheless impressive pedalboard. “In fact, I might say it hasn’t changed at all, other than the addition of the [Fulltone] Deja Vibe, which I started using maybe a year ago.”
Ford says that his most important effects units are his Strymon TimeLine Multidimensional Delay - of which Ford says “I’ve found that the TimeLine is the absolute best-sounding foot-pedal delay you can have" - and his TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb - which he relies on “because my amps don’t have reverb.”
I have seen that some of you have been curious . . . SO I am hoping you enjoy. 😎 Here is a word about my pedalboard, playing my 1952 Les Paul. 🙏 #guitarpedalboard #robbenford #infovideo #hopeyouenjoy #workingfromhome #nashvillestrong Robben Ford Official
A photo posted by @robbenfordmusic on Jul 29, 2020 at 6:36pm PDT
Ford's 'board also contains a Vertex Boost, an Electro-Harmonix POG and a Hermida Audio Zendrive - each of which he happily demonstrates. The board also features a TC Electronic PolyTune and an independent footswitch to activate boost and overdrive on his beloved Dumble amp.
Ford, in jest, apologizes for not having a "more interesting pedalboard," but, as he himself has proven, not all of us have to have Kevin Shields-sized boards to make great music now, do we?
For more on Ford and his music, head on over to robbenford.com.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.